This easy Coconut Macaroons recipe is made with 5 ingredients. All you need is shredded coconut, egg whites, honey, vanilla, and salt. Macaroons are gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher for Passover, and best of all my boys love them!
These gluten-free coconut macaroons are an ideal Passover dessert because they do not contain chametz, or leavened grain products. According to my 9 year old son, who is studying the Torah in school, we refrain from eating chametz because, “when leaving Egypt the Jews did not even have enough time to let the bread rise.”
Ironically, after a bit of historical research, I found that macaroons are actually a Christian food. Macaroons originated in an Italian monastery around 1792. The name comes from the Italian word for paste, maccarone, which refers to almond paste. Macaroni means flour paste.1
- Using a hand blender, whisk egg whites, honey, vanilla, and salt to stiff peaks
- Stir in coconut
- Fill a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop with batter
- Using your hand, firmly pack batter into scoop to level
- Release batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Pinch each macaroon at the top (like a kiss)
- Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes, until lightly browned
- Cool for 1 hour
You can still have macaroons if you follow an egg-free diet! Here are some of my egg-free dessert recipes, including macaroons.